While playing for the Bucs last season, Tom Brady was having secret talks with the Miami Dolphins. Now the Dolphins are being hit with major sanctions for violating league police for doing so. The lose their first-round pick in the upcoming 2023 draft along with a third-round pick in 2024. It doesn’t end there; owner Stephen Ross has been suspended until Oct. 17th and banned from all league committees and fined $1.5 million. The Dolphin’s vice chairman/limited partner, Bruce Beel, who also happens to he a friend of Brady’s was hit with a $500,000 fine and is banned from league meeting for the rest of the year. No punishment at all from Brady - yet.
High bacteria levels continue to keep some Bay area beaches closed with “no swim” advisories in place. Those with health advisories include Bahia Beach and Simmons Park Beach in Hillsborough County; Bayfront Park North, Manatee Public Beach North, Coquina Beach North and Palma Sola South in Manatee County; and in Sarasota County, Brohard Beach, Bird Key Park/ Ringling Causeway, and the Venice Fishing Pier. For the latest beach closings take a look at the Florida Department of Health site here.
Public schools will be opening next week, and there’s a desperate need for teachers. The Florida Department of Education has 9,000 positions open statewide, with Hillsborough County among those with the most positions open with a total of 1,400, some 700 of those teachers. This is, by the way, the final week to take advantage of tax free shopping for certain back to school items, with the full list here. The last day is this Sunday.
The winner of the Mega Millions jackpot may not be from Florida, but there are least five Floridians who may not be at work today. Three winning tickets sold in Florida were good for two million dollars, and two tickets sold in Florida were good for a million dollars. The one winning ticket that had all the winning numbers was sold in Illinois at a Speedway gas station on East Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois, and was worth $1.337 billion. The station will get a 1% commission on that jackpot. Two of those million dollar winners were bought in the Tampa Bay area.
It’s now official - July was the hottest month on record. Tampa’s average temp in July was 86.3 degrees, breaking the old record of 85.8 from September of 2018. Dryer conditions thanks to the Saharan dust also kept the threat of any thunderstorms forming. This week’s Dove Tampa Bay forecast from 10 Tampa Bay does have an increasing change for rain.
Tampa General Hospital is ranked as the number one employer for women in the nation by Forbes Magazine, out of 1,500 businesses that were considered. Just two years ago, they were number 24. They weren’t the only Florida business in the annual ranking for America’s Best Employers for Women. The University of South Florida shows up at 22nd.
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